Scheme to reduce congestion and make roads fit for the future set to get underway in New Costessey

30 November 2017

The second phase of a scheme to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow on the busy A1074 Dereham Road is planned to get underway next year.  The first phase has already seen two eastbound (Norwich bound) exit lanes built at the junction near the Roundwell medical centre.

The aim of the work is to reduce the current congestion issues and provide additional capacity on the road network to deal with the planned housing growth in the area.  The works will also see improvements made to the drainage in the area and will tackle the known issue near the Roundwell medical centre, which has seen surface water accumulating during periods of heavy rain.

The project is estimated to cost about £4.6m, which includes a high pressure gas main diversion.  Funding is from developer contributions and a £2m allocation from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Local Growth Fund.

This second phase of the work will see the section of Dereham Road between the Longwater Lane junction and Britannia Way widened to four lanes.  At the Longwater Lane junction, both of the existing two lanes of traffic will be permitted to turn right onto Dereham Road.

Martin Wilby, Chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport committee, said: “This scheme builds on improvements already made in the area, aims to ease congestion of this busy section of road, and will help make it fit for the future.  I'd urge people to take a closer look at our plans and let us know if there’s anything we may need to take into account before work gets underway next year.”

Tim East, County Councillor for the Costessey Division, said: “This will complete the dualling of this stretch of the A1074, Dereham Road in Costessey from the McDonald’s Roundabout to the Longwater Lane Junction.  This project is of enormous benefit to Costessey and will ease the daily capacity problems experienced by residents.  It is a step in the right direction.  For the future, the next stage should be to extend the dualling along the short stretch between the Longwater Lane Junction to the Bowthorpe Roundabout.  When this is finally achieved it will provide a dual carriageway right through to the Gatehouse Pub on the outer ring road and will facilitate rapid bus transit into and out of the City with a connection to the Costessey Park and Ride site”

Chris Starkie, Chief Executive Officer at New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This work will offer tangible improvements for businesses, consumers and residents in the Longwater area.  With rapid development in recent years, and more to come, this is a growth area for the city, and this is the next step in the infrastructure improvements required to reach its full potential.”

More information on the scheme is available at https://norfolk.citizenspace.com.  People are welcome to get in touch if they think there is anything that may need to be taken into account before the scheme goes ahead - please email DerehamRoad@norfolk.gov.uk by 5 January 2018.

For political comment

Cllr Martin Wilby (Conservative) Chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee, on 07920 286618 or 01379 741504
Cllr Terry Jermy (Labour) on 01842 630851
Cllr Tim East (Liberal Democrat), on 01603 743241

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